“I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.” – Louisa May Alcott

Awareness

If we are to be honest with ourselves, we are all afraid of something. It may come and go in waves, but it is present and alive.  Generally, we do not want to talk about it and we do alright by ignoring it for the most part, but still it lives there within us, coloring how we view the world and ourselves. Let’s go there together for the sake of exploring why we have fear and if we are ready, what we can do about it. 

Explore: The Trapeze Swinger


Movement

Bakasana (bahk-AHS-anna) – Crane/Crow 

Strength of a Crow

Take the leap and hop or gracefully float into your crane/crow. This pose takes strength, confidence and courage as you have a lot of by now. It takes making your hands into your new feet as you lift up and fly. Take your time, accept where you are, listen to the fear that comes up and gently keep moving forward.

Directions:

  1. Start in tadasana (mountain pose).
  2. Bring your hands down to the ground spreading your fingers to strengthen your new base.
  3. Bend your knees and place your knees on your upper arms, elbow if you are coming into crane and triceps if you are coming into crow (play around with both options).
  4. Start to shift your weight onto your upper body, while drawing your belly in and radiating out through your heart center.
  5. Alternate lifting one leg and then the other, maybe even both.
  6. Hold for a few inhales and gently release back onto your feet.

Variations:

  • Shift your weight to the crown of your head and come into tripod (headstand with three points down)
  • Jump back to chaturanga

Benefits:

  • Strengthens arms and wrists
  • Stretches the upper back
  • Strengthens the abdominal muscles
  • Opens the groins
  • Tones the abdominal organs
    • Benefits from Yoga Journal

Nutrition

Say you are ready to clean up your diet, but you are not sure where to begin and afraid you will have to give up all your favorite foods.  I hear this all the time from clients as we start to talk about clean eating, but I promise you, you won’t want some of the foods you are clinging to after your body feels so much better and there is always a little room to indulge.  

To get started (literally this second), simply add in nutrient rich veggies, fruits and whole grains which will give you lots of energy and leave you full thanks to all that wonderful fiber. When you do this, you tend to crowd out the not so good foods while adding in the ones that make you feel nourished from head to toe. When making a choice between greens or a cupcake, go for nutrient rich greens and see how you feel. Chances are you will not look at the cupcake the same after you are ready to jump on your bike, run around the block or climb that trail. 

Explore colorful foods, have fun whipping them up in the kitchen with your favorite jams, enjoy them with the company of friends or sit silence, mindful eating as you savor every bite. Then notice how you feel and do something that surprises even you. 

Mantra:

I am courageous

+ Spiraling Tools

Playlist: NS Courage

Recommended Books:

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead – Brene Brown

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail Paperback – Cheryl Strayed

The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times – Pema Chodron